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2011 NFL Draft Grades: Mel Kiper Calls Cowboys Day Two Selections "Questionable"

As we get set to start the final day of the 2011 NFL Draft, everyone is taking a look back to see how teams did over the first three rounds. ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper didn't have any feelings on the Eagles picks, but he did call the job the Cowboys did in rounds two and three "questionable."

The Cowboys took outside linebacker Bruce Carter and running back DeMarco Murray

"I praised the Cowboys for what they did in Round 1, adding Tyron Smith, a player who certainly should help on that leaky offensive line. But Dallas has real needs at defensive end, safety and cornerback, and they added a linebacker and a running back on Friday, when at each spot they had options to get help at positions where I see more pressing needs. I assess needs down for teams, and for the Cowboys, those might not be the same ones Jerry Jones has. But if the Carter pick didn't seem too peculiar, the Murray one really surprised me based on how this roster looks right now."

It is particularly puzzling that the Cowboys haven't made any moves to upgrade their secondary as of yet, which is what several pundits saw as their top need. However, you have to remember that this is a year unlike any other and I'm not sure if it makes a lot of sense to criticize teams for not chasing need. The free agency period hasn't even happened yet and there's a slew of really good corners and safeties to be had there.